The story of the fisherman

Dec. 12. 2009

Do you like to fish?

In Korea, a person who really enjoys fishing is sometimes referred to as “Kang Tae Gong.”

“Kang Tae Gong” is actually the name of a man who lived in China about 3000 years ago. Today, many people in Korea recognize him as a man who loved to go fishing. But in reality, this wasn’t so.

Until he was about 80 years old, Kang Tae Gong was a man whose life had never quite gone his way. Kang’s scholarly ambitions had always seemed to fail, and his attempts at becoming a merchant always led to disappointment. In everything he did, he would give forth his best effort, but things just never seemed to go his way. Nevertheless, even with all of his failures, Kang never lost hope, and he continued to give everything his all.

However, Kang’s determined attitude wasn’t enough for his wife, who left him due to his continuous failures. But even so, he continued to hold onto his hope.

One day, while Kang was out fishing, he caught the attention of a king who was walking by. Kang was now 80 years old.

The two men began talking, and the king soon realized that Kang was a very sharp political thinker and military strategist. As a result, he decided to take him to his palace.

There, Kang became somewhat of a teacher to the king and was soon appointed as prime minister. Today, he is regarded as the greatest prime minister in the history of China.

As his story shows, Kang knew what it meant to be patient and to try his best in everything that he did, even when faced with seemingly impossible odds. So you see, throughout his many years, Kang Tae Gong wasn’t a man who was fishing for fish; he was a man fishing for opportunities.

As we all know, this past year has been very difficult.

But despite all of our hardships, I hope that you and I both will have the patience and determination of Kang to seize every opportunity we can get.

The story of Kang Tae Gong gives us the message of being patient and never giving up.

With that in mind, I wish you all a very hopeful and happy holiday season.

-          Emily Dickinson

Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn
Indicative that suns go down;
The notice to the startled grass
That darkness is about to pass.

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